Onyx Radio nice but ...

Discussion in 'XM Radios' started by wobbler, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. wobbler

    wobbler New Member

    While renewing my sub on my car, they enticed me on the Onyx - got car & vehicle kit for 39.99 and they waived the activation fee.

    So Im stoked about the new radio and when I got it today, opened it up and lo and behold no friggin remote!!!

    Called the XM CSR and complained about the lack of remote and the dude says "well some of the radios do not come with a remote - sorry about that"

    My comeback - "so XM is promoting the chance of getting into a car accident while fumbling around changing radio stations?"

    Dude's reply "Im sorry about your inconvenience, anything else I can help you with?"

    So apparently Im reading there is a possible universal remote that could be used for my radio. Was hoping TSSRadio can provide options here for me.

    Thanks for letting me vent!
     
  2. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    Not to bust your stones, but is using a remote control while driving any safer than changing channels manually?
     
  3. wobbler

    wobbler New Member

    Definitely especially when the radio is further than what I would like to have it. Using remote would be so much easier.
     
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  4. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    I think the remote is safer. You can do more with it without having to take your eyes off the road.
     
  5. IdRatherBeSkiing

    IdRatherBeSkiing This space for rent

    I never used a remote in the car for the very reason that I always got distracted finding the stupid thing. Easier to take the 2 seconds and hit the preset button. No more distraction than the preset buttons on a normal car radio.
     
  6. riskybzns

    riskybzns Well-Known Member

    Actually under the specs there is no mention of a remote that goes with this radio.

    What's Included:
    XM Onyx Radio
    PowerConnect Vehicle Kit
    Magnetic Mount Antenna
    Aux In Cable
    User Guide
    Quick Start Guide
    XM Channel Guide
    XM Dock & Play Accessories Guide
     
  7. TSS Taylor

    TSS Taylor DRC Fan

  8. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    Don't you have to look at the remote? :idunno:
     
  9. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    You can feel the basic buttons, and if you need to look at it you can pick it up above the dash so that you don't have to take your eyes very far off of the road.

    I like reaching for the remote much more than reaching for the radio. As long as you have an easy spot to stash the remote when you aren't using it, it works well.

    I have dropped it a few times. It's not safe trying to find it on the floor or under the seat while moving. :no:
     
  10. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    But I'm sure people try to pick them up...

    It just seems silly and dangerous. The radio is easily within arm's reach. A remote control is for across the living room... :confused:
     
  11. v1ru5

    v1ru5 Well-Known Member

    Once you get used to it like my TV remote you wont have to look at it.
     
  12. cldoobie

    cldoobie Member

    That's a 1980s way of thinking. ;)

    And my radio isn't within arms reach, I can't sit that close to the steering wheel. I have to lean up and look down at the radio to change a channel. That's a heck of a lot more dangerous than me sitting in my normal driving position with my eyes still on the road changing the channel with a remote.

    If I drop it, I know you're not going to believe me but yes I tough it out caveman style until the next stop light to look for it.
     
  13. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    After trying once or twice to pick it up, it became very easy to wait for the next stop light or parking lot. The worst music on satellite is still better than the best music in FM. I can live with it for a couple of miles. I have a few extra remotes in the house. I should put a backup in the car, but I rarely drop the remote anyway.
     
  14. wobbler

    wobbler New Member

    I thought it was so stupid when car stereos came out with remotes but now I cant live without one.

    Currently I have the sportster 5 in the car and I live for the remote. The onyx is being used for the home office for the time being but I would like to use it in my 2nd car next spring.
     
  15. dlnester

    dlnester Active Member

    Trying using an XMP3 without a remote.... talk about dangerous!
     
  16. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    I purchased this remote several months and it's been working just fine with both Onyx and Edge radios.
     

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